Another Jewelry Piece

I managed to create another necklace last night.  Actually, it took me a couple of days to make this piece and still need to add crimp caps for a more finished look.  I some of the chip beads left to make another necklace or bracelet.  I think I am going to take a little break and not create any jewelry today, but could very well change my mind.  Ciao for now!

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Day of Making Jewelry

I have been doing some beads and jewelry supplies shopping over the past few weeks, and now have a little stash.  I made three necklaces and in the process of making another necklace along with a bracelet to compliment.  I did something I do usually and that’s purchase a kit of any kind.  Not since I was a kid, have brought something to ready made but like the ascetic of the bracelet that buying was just a logical choice.

New Necklaces 001 I ordered turquoise beads from Fire Mountain Gems, but the beads in this necklace is not what I ordered.  Instead of returning the strand, I made lemonade from lemons and this is the finished product.  I found the focal component and curly-shaped glass leaves from Beads World in NYC.

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I came up with this necklace after purchasing the flower on sale, so I brought two for a total price of five dollars.  I paired the flower with a strand of pearls and amber beads I brought a while ago.  I used crimp covers for the first time, and I need practice to get the hang of it, but it does make for a more professional looking necklace.

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This last necklace, I used wooden beads brought from Swarovski-Crystallized.  I brought this focal component from the same place as the one in the first necklace.  This necklace cost under $16.00 to make.  I have six remaining larger wooden beads to make another necklace because the size would not be great for a bracelet.

This has been my Saturday afternoon of making stuff.  Ciao for now!

Book Review and other Things


Yes I did purchase the new Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, and I am going write a review.  I brought this book this past Tuesday.  I did receive an invite from Purl Soho a couple of weeks ago attend a launch event for the book at the price of $20.00, but decided not to go.

I read some of the reviews on Amazon dot com about the book, and a couple them were not so glowing.  I think some people who write reviews had more in mind that the book intended.  Here is my assessment of Martha Stewart’s new book.  As the title suggested is an encyclopedia of sewing and fabric crafts, in other words a reference book.  The question becomes is it a good or bad reference book, I think it’s a good reference book particularly for beginners or people returning to sewing as is intended.  The book gives basic techniques for sewing, appliqué, embroidery, quilting, dyeing, and printing.  The books also has 150 inspired projects that one can create and make it his or her own.  The book includes a CD of project patterns and templates in PDF format to use.

The couple of reviews I read suggested that the book was not exciting, but dull and boring, but the reviewers really did not understand the concept of books for novices or people who have not sewn in years.  Did they read words like basics or novice in the introduction?  I think not.  I purchased the book to learn more about appliqué, dyeing, hand embroidery, and printing on fabric.  In addition, there is something to be said about learning the basics and your creativity will follow.  You can create anything you want when you have learned the basics, and the book fulfills the basics requirement.

I will keep this book among my other reference books on the shelf, and refer to do.  I will also make a couple of projects in the book for practice, so I make new creation.  Ciao for now!